Saturday, February 29, 2020

Red Barn


Red Barn 

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Why Red ? 

New England settlers didn't have enough money to paint their farms. So they needed a cheap way to protect the barns' wood. They mixed skimmed milk, lime, and red iron oxide to make a red, plastic-like coating. The coating protected the wood and kept barns warmer in the winter. Soon, manufacturers began preparing paint with chemical pigments. Red became the most famous among farmers because it was the cheapest. The tradition continues today. 



1 comment:

  1. I loved your barn art, but most of all I enjoyed the story of why barns are red! I great up in a sea of red barns, but never knew why! Thank you so much for participating in our challenge.

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